What Your Handwriting Says About Your Health
By LOUISE CARR, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist
Handwriting is a dying art. When was the last time you switched off the computer and wrote a letter? Or stopped texting to pen a memo? If the grocery list is the only handwritten piece of work you produce, you could be missing vital clues to the state of your health. Graphology is the study of handwriting to reveal personality traits. Did you know the unique way you write can reveal not only your personality but your state of health?
Researchers identified stress in individuals by looking at their handwriting, as well as levels of energy, willpower and vitality and, on the negative side, depression and lack of confidence - all of which can contribute to your overall state of mental and physical health.
Handwriting can send you a personal message about your health, but can you read it?
One of the most famous handwriting experts who made a link between health and pen strokes was Professor Kanfer, an Austrian born in 1902. He worked closely with the American Cancer Society to look at the early detection of cancer through handwriting analysis, demonstrating an 84 percent success rate.
Scientists believe handwriting traces disturbances in neuromuscular coordination and the minute characteristics in handwriting are a message from the brain, which often "knows" about a health condition before it is fully revealed.
Cracking the code provides a useful tool for deciding on therapies and treatments. However, it's important not to over-analyze yours or others handwriting - this is an exact science and it often needs an expert to interpret the strokes.
Here are 10 of the clues to your health found in your handwriting: